PFAS Innovation: USEPA Awards $2 Million in Funding to Develop Environmental Technologies

August 12, 2019

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It's an exceptionally interesting time to be in the environmental community as innovators rush to provide solutions to challenges brought forth by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).  The US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) recently awarded $2.3 million in funding for small businesses to develop technologies that monitor and address the effects PFAS have on human health and the environment. This technological burst could change the ways we are investigating and addressing these issues.

Man-made PFAS-a contaminant affecting communities around the world”are of particular interest to the USEPA as they are accumulating in soil and water and can be transmitted via water and air. 21 small businesses have received Phase 1 contracts from the USEPA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, which awards contracts to participants through annual two-phase competitions. 

The recent projects awarded are focused on developing technologies that improve the methods through which we monitor air quality, treat drinking water, clean up contaminated sites, and create greener, less toxic materials to replace PFAS in production. These developed technologies are meant to be easily scalable, efficient and low cost once on the market, while also favoring technology that permits onsite remediation”in-situ remediation of PFAS is currently expensive and not efficient as these chemicals are difficult to bond to, and difficult to break down.

While all the selected projects look promising, we at GeoInsight are excited to see the developments of the following examples:

We look forward to watching as the innovations develop while we continue to monitor the ever-evolving state of environmental regulations and technology. Only time will tell which technologies will become standard tools for assessment and remediation, but every innovation is a step towards resolving the human health and environmental challenges we currently face.

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